Nuts For Truckers...Nuts, even Peanuts are Good For Truckers and Diabetics, Because the G.I. and the G.L. is Low... and What's a Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load, and What are They Good For?
Nuts are good for You because they have lots of nutrients like biotin and good fats and protein, and because they have a low (GI) glycemic index, AND even more important a low GL (glycemic load).
What is a Glycemic Index (GI) and what does it mean you may ask. The glycemic index, is a system to measure how quickly or how slowly a food causes your bodies blood glucose level to rise. Pure glucose (sugar) scores 100 on the GI. It's pure sugar and of course, makes your blood sugar raise up the fastest. On the other end of the spectrum you have stuff like chickpeas (hummus) which only score a six on the G.I. because they cause your blood sugar level to raise very slowly. If You're an endurance athlete then you may want foods with a high GI, because your body has to supply energy to your muscles. If you're trying to lose weight, are diabetic, or someone that doesn't get much exercise like most of us truckers, then you may want to stay away from foods with a high GI.
There's more to staying healthy than just eating foods with a low glycemic index though. According to a Harvard Health Publications article, there are foods that have a very high GI Like Watermelon, which score an eighty, or the lowly peanut, which scores a 50; yet, don't cause your blood glucose level to rise much at all. This is because they posses very little carbohydrate per serving.
In order to make good food choices, You need to know how quick the glucose enters the bloodstream, and how MUCH glucose (carbohydrate) it has in total per serving. These two factors together, are called the glycemic load. You find the glycemic load "by multiplying the grams of a carbohydrate per serving, by the glycemic index, (GI) then dividing by 100. A GL of ten or below, is considered low. Twenty or above, is considered high."
That Lowly peanut that scored a sky high fifty on the GI, on the GL only scores a one and a cashew only scores a three! So, by all means driver. Instead of chowing down on something like say... raisins, which have a GL of 28. Keep your blood sugar low, and buy a can of mixed nuts, and wash it down with some whole milk, which has a GL of four, or tomato juice with a GL of three, and make it a great healthy, low blood sugar day driver
Here's a link to an awesome article which explains all this much better than I do and which also has a chart that shows the glycemic index AND the glycemic load for 100 different foods. http://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods
Helps me get rid of the wintertime blues. Sunshine in a bottle. It's cheap, can be bought almost anywhere, and is good for the body and mind. Your body doesn't produce this stuff, so If I can only have one store bought vitamin in my life (especially in the wintertime) then this is the one.
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So, why not take half an hour at lunch or when you wake up in the morning driver and learn coding. I found a website (the Khan Academy) that was setup by one of the smartest people in the world to help other people learn valuable math and science related stuff for free. I was amazed, and made it through my first hour of learning some Java Script, without throwing my laptop.
Warning it's not easy, (no talking for ten days). But it can give you some valuable tools to use for life. http://www.dhamma.org.
One of the perks of driving long haul is being able to spend your down time in places that you'd never see, or normally would have to go on vacation and spend money to see. I got to spend an extra day in Lethbridge AB Canada. Glad I invested in a Nikon camera a number of years back. You certainly don't need an expensive camera to take excellent photo's.
The plains of Alberta are amazing in the fall. Blue sky and moisture laden clouds taking turns. I felt fortunate I didn't get rained on during my hike.
Just for fun I shot this of some high prairie clover. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to get this close up photo with my 55-200 telephoto lens.
For the Emergency Responders that put your lives on the line for us every day
I had a chance to drive for a week with a driver that had retired Army, and he would play this song to keep on truckin'. So I posted it for Sam. It's quite catchy. I'm not affiliated with the Army in any way. This advertisement is the only example of the song I could find online.
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.